IWTC Women's GlobalNet #326
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

April 24, 2007
By Sofia Binioris and Sylvia Braun

 

MARCH 2007 COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN DISCUSSES

UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325: WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY

 

  1. SCR 1325 NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ADOPTED BY SWITZERLAND
  2. CANADIAN 1325 NATIONAL ACTION PLAN HIGHLIGHTED IN VOICE OF WOMEN EXHIBIT
  3. SCR 1325 LINKS TO PROPOSED GENDER ARCHITECTURE STRESSED IN ACTIVISTS’ LETTER TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL
  4. WORKING WITH MEN AND SCR 1325 FOCUS OF NEW GAPS REPORT
  5. SCR 1325 FOCUS OF ALL-DAY INTERNET BROADCAST
  6. PEACEWOMEN’S E-NEWSLETTER #87 HIGHLIGHTS SCR 1325 AT CSW
  7. NEW ACTIONAID REPORT “UNMIL: INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN” PRESENTED AT 51st CSW

 

1. SCR 1325 NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ADOPTED BY SWITZERLAND

On March 8, 2007, International Women’s President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey presented the Swiss Action Plan for the implementation of SCR 1325.  Switzerland has actively promoted the priorities of SCR 1325 and the action plan is designed to coordinate and strengthen this activity.  It contains a series of recommendations for the period 2007 – 2009 for the implementation of the three priorities within 1325, including (1) increasing women’s involvement in peace promotion measures; (2) preventing gender-specific violence against women and girls and protecting the rights and needs of girls in armed conflict; and (3) recognizing the ways in which women and men are affected differently by conflict.  With this National Action Plan, Switzerland joins the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Canada, as one of the countries to successfully adopt a NAP on 1325.

Download a copy of the Swiss National Action Plan here: http://www.news-service.admin.ch/NSBSubscriber/message/attachments/7320.pdf

For more information, visit: http://www.ch.ch/private/00987/00993/01160/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=11339

 

2. CANADIAN 1325 NATIONAL ACTION PLAN HIGHLIGHTED IN VOICE OF WOMEN EXHIBIT

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, along with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, launched the “Building Peace, Making History” exhibit, a travelling exhibit in Ottawa, on March 13, 2007.   The exhibit marks 100 years of women’s peace building in Canada and identifies Canadian women who have championed peace, Canadian women’s peace campaigns, and the progress of Canada in creating a society that values justice, women and peace.  The fifth and final panel of the display mentions the work of Canadian women pacifists in supporting the adoption and implementation of SCR Resolution 1325.

For more information, contact Janis Alton: janis.alton@sympatico.ca 

 

3. SCR 1325 LINKS TO PROPOSED GENDER ARCHITECTURE STRESSED IN ACTIVISTS’ LETTER TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL

Women peace activists attending the 51st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York (held from February 26 to March 9, 2007) expressed serious concern about the lack of new commitment to the development of national action plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Even as they welcomed the presidential statement that reaffirmed women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution issued by the Security Council on the eve of the 2007 International Women’s Day, the women demanded that it is now the time for the UN and its member states to translate words into action.  The women peace activists also called for the establishment of a strong gender equality architecture in the UN system. In a statement sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, incumbent president of the UN Security Council, the women called for the establishment of an independent women-specific agency with normative and operational responsibilities and with a higher mandate and more resources. They stressed that this will facilitate the full implementation of SCR 1325 at the national level.

For a full copy of the statement addressed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo (South Africa), visit: iwtc.org.

 

4.     WORKING WITH MEN AND SCR 1325 FOCUS OF NEW GAPS REPORT

Gender Action for Peace and Security, UK (GAPS) issued a report on March 13, 2007 on “Involving Men in the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.”  The report is based on a discussion held by GAPS and the High Commission for Canada on involving men in the implementation of SCR 1325.  The report explores strategies to increase men’s engagement with work around SCR 1325 in the UK and on international levels.  Recommendations include:

·        Collaborating with men in National Action Plans to raise awareness and promote partnerships for full implementation of SCR 1325;

·        Including the involvement of men as a major indicator for monitoring and measuring the progress of SCR 1325;

·        Supporting images of men as peace makers, caring fathers and supportive spouses and promoting alternative masculinities as a means of combating gender-based violence (GBV);

·        Increasing accountability with regards to policies and strategies for SCR 1325 by creating “Gender Champions” at high organizational levels,  including men in leadership positions;

·        Learning from successful experiences, such as Brazil’s Programme H;

·        Increasing awareness raising, advocacy, and financial and human resources.

 

For more information, contact Charlotte Onslow: gaps.uk@googlemail.com

 

5. SCR 1325 FOCUS OF ALL-DAY INTERNET BROADCAST

As a follow-up to the March 8 International Women’s Day Broadcast, the Women’s International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-WIN) and the AMARC International Secretariat would like to thank all of the radio stations and individuals who participated in the event.  In its third year, the Women’s Day broadcast gathered more than 26 hours of programming in various languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali, Arabic, and many others.  The theme for 2007 focused on SCR 1325 on women, peace and security.  The resolution and its ramifications were addressed in the broadcast through documentaries, interviews, debates, poetry and music produced by community radio producers from the four corners of the world.  Other programs focused on themes like domestic violence and interviews with an AIDS victim/survivor.  AMARC would like to encourage radio stations to download and broadcast programs from the March 8 website and continue the celebrations of International Women’s Day.  If you managed to tune in, or rebroadcast a portion of the March 8 broadcast, please give your feedback to AMARC through their feedback form (link below).  Make sure to include what programs you broadcast, or how much of the live stream you broadcast.  Also, please include any feedback in your response for next year’s broadcast.

To listen and download programs, visit: http://march8.amarc.org

For the feedback form: http://mach8.amarc.org/index.php\?p=feedback&l=EN

 

6. PEACEWOMEN’S E-NEWSLETTER #87 HIGHLIGHTS 1325 AT CSW

March 21st issue of peacewomen’s e-newsletter focuses on gender and peacekeeping, highlighting SCR 1325 and the Commission on the Status of Women.  This issue features an editorial on Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing 1325 in 2007, as well as Gender and Peacekeeping Resources from the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, Action Aid, and DPKO workshop, amongst many other things.
For a copy of the newsletter, visit: http://www.peacewomen.org/news/1325News/Issue87.htm

 

7. NEW ACTIONAID REPORT “UNMIL: INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN” PRESENTED AT 51st CSW

On March 6, 2007, Actionaid launched a report about the current UN-Peacekeeping Operation in Liberia, “UNMIL: International Engagement in Addressing Violence against Women.”  As stated in the report, UNMIL has been indispensable in bringing stability to Liberia, but the country remains both fragile and highly polarized. Violence against women, including widespread rape as a consequence of war, continues largely unchecked.  The report addresses the significance of SCR 1509 (2003), which established UNMIL’s mission and role, and SCR 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security in the current efforts to address violence against women in Liberia.  Since UNMIL began, it has included an Office of the Gender Advisor to the Special Representative of the SG.  The Gender Office is responsible for mainstreaming gender issues in UNMIL’s work and for implementing the recommendations of SCR 1325 on the role of women in peacebuilding.

For further information, visit: http://www.actionaid.org/index.asp?page_id=1574

To download PDF version of the Actionaid report: http://www.actionaid.org/wps/content/documents/FINAL%20UNMIL%20REPORT%20LOW%20RES.pdf